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Go doubling Malasakit Centers

If elected president, he says he’ll provide livelihood support to 10 million of the poorest Filipinos.

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has vowed to double the number of Malasakit Centers nationwide – currently at 149 — as his brainchild has made medical care accessible to all Filipinos in the one-stop shops that put healthcare-providing government agencies under one roof.

Go also said during the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Presidentiables’ Forum that he’ll also continue the programs, policies and reforms that President Rodrigo Duterte has put in place since his landslide election victory in 2016.

“One thing we have in common is our love for our country and fellow Filipino. We have dreamt of a comfortable life for all. I vow to continue the good programs that benefited the Filipino people over the past six years,” Go said.

Go told business leaders that his presidency will put the health sector, as well as the economy at the pinnacle of his agenda to bring prosperity to Filipinos.

The establishment of the Malasakit Centers has been codified with the passage of Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act authored by Go.

“The goal is to make every public hospital have a Malasakit Center to bring down to the lowest amount possible, if not zero, the hospital bills of poor people,” he added.

In his first 100 days, Go vowed to pursue the path to a rapid and inclusive economic recovery to its pre-pandemic level with a robust economy and financial stability.

“We will identify the 10 million poorest among poor Filipinos and provide them with financial assistance or ayuda and jobs. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) will be provided with zero-interest loans for them to bounce back from the pandemic,” Go said.

“We shall select priority legislative measures toward economic recoveries, such as tax reforms so that we can complete or complement the comprehensive tax reform programs of the Duterte administration,” according to Go.

Go also pushed to increase the Negosyo Centers while continuing the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso to assist ailing MSME, and also to pursue the trade department’s Covid-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program that provide loans to small businesses.

Go added he’ll prioritize the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure projects and pursue the inter-island and mega-bridge programs to help ease travel and improve the transport of goods between islands.

Go said he will support the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s mission of providing free, quality, and reliable Internet connectivity through its “Free WiFi for All” program.

“About 10,000 to 20,000 new sites shall be activated across the country. We must also ensure the passage of the e-Governance Bill to establish an integrated, interconnected, and interoperable information and resource sharing communications network in government for the speedy delivery of public services,” he explained.

Being the principal author of the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience, and the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos, he promised that he will prioritize the signing into law of the proposed bills, as well as the push for the creation of Center for Disease Control and Prevention that will focus on the country’s disease surveillance capacities.

On education, Senator Go said poor families shall have at least one graduate, through the continuity of the Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, to help poor students secure a college education, free from tuition and other miscellaneous fees in state colleges and Universities

“I am running now for the presidency, something that I never dreamt of. I avoided this position, but fate has a way of turning things around. The presidency, I believe is a matter of destiny. I live my fate to God, and to my fellow Filipinos,” Go said.

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